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Jane Doe, like Leah Remini, asks for judge in Danny Masterson lawsuit after Miscavige stunt

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology’s David Miscavige had two judges removed with some clever lawyering, but Leah Remini and Jane Doe 1 are fighting back. Both of them, now, are asking for the judge who denied Scientology’s attack on a third lawsuit, the case filed by Danny Masterson’s victims. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“The C/S’s job only becomes unhappy and impossible when the auditors are nonstandard or the Admin people never heard of lines or policy and he himself departs from the straight and narrow of Standard Dianetics and Standard Tech. The purpose of Dianetics can be accomplished smoothly and easily only if the above are taken into account.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond

[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams [41] Louise Shekter [42] John Sweeney [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson [49] Mark Ebner [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman [55] Mark Bunker [56] Trish and Liz Conley [57] Trish Conley [58] Alex Barnes-Ross [59] Alex Barnes-Ross [60] Alex Barnes-Ross [61] Alex Barnes-Ross [62] Alex Barnes-Ross [63] Alex Barnes-Ross [64] Tory Christman [65] Tammy Synovec [66] Dennis Erlich [67] Alex Barnes-Ross [68] Valerie Ross [69] Kat in Austin [70] Mark Bunker [71] Phil Jones



Source Code

“The road into this universe is successive unawarenesses. And the road out is successive awarenesses. But not just bare-breasting your chest to the whole universe. No, you have to find out why the individual didn’t want to be aware at those points, and he didn’t want to be aware because he solved it. Well, what’s this solution? Well, that was yesterday’s problem. Yesterday’s solution, problem, solution, problem, solution — they’re all the same line of cat. He got himself into trouble by solving himself into trouble. And when he has solved himself all the way into trouble totally, he’s here, and he’s the fireman down in the stokehold. And therefore there are no lower levels of subconscious for you to explore; there are only upper levels of awareness.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 21, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“We’re having a VIP function aboard at 1900 tonight. The Mayor, Harbour Master, news photographers and approx 20 others are invited. Just like crew became so expert at handling in February. Everyone’s agreement and assistance will be much appreciated.” — Lt. Barry Watson, Pub Exec Officer, April 21, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Our task is to somehow transform social perception of Scientology. This in the face of a sea of: bad press, entrenched current and former Scientologists, fake news, a general and worldwide disparagement of religion, and a fleet of so called Ideal Orgs which will (probably soon) be embroiled in a maelstrom of bankruptcies. Empty buildings cannot sit that way for long. It is contrary to the laws of exchange, among other things. That will bring more ‘news,’ this time of the ‘demise of Scientology.’ Which is good. It is a law of this universe that death always preceeds the resurgence of life.”



Past is Prologue

2002: Boudewijn van Ingen reported from a court hearing in The Hague in which Scientology is opposed to the continued presence of secret Operating Thetan materials on Dutch websites. “Warren McShane was allowed to make a short presentation to the judges early on, about the ‘security arrangements’ that are supposedly in place in the Co$ to keep those precious OT-levels from becoming ‘published.’ Mr. Hermans (Lawyer for CoS) had argued that at no time copies of the OT-material were spread amongst Scientologists and that Scientologists were even never allowed to take notes while they studied the materials. According to Warren, the OT’s are all printed on special paper called mylar that is impossible to tear and contains a device that would set off an alarm when someone would try to remove it from the room. When the lead judge asked Warren about the fact that these security arrangements obviously had not been in use ever since the sixties, when the OT-material was written, Warren hastened to explain that these arrangements obviously evolved over time, but that the secrecy had been in place at all times. And he waved a piece of paper in front of the bench that was supposed to prove that. Alas for him, it was by then far too late to enter new evidence into this case. And of course, waving pieces of paper in front of a judge at such a late stage in a court case makes the one doing it look quite ridiculous.”


Random Howdy

“Most people have never heard of the guy who invented the mouse. But a lot of them have heard of L Ron Hubbard. This is why I drink.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentenced to 30 years to life on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing May 17, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Some defamation claims were removed by Judge Hammock. Leah seeking to amend her complaint.
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: motion to file new complaint, hearing on May 29.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration, hearing on April 16.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Did prosecutors leave a Danny Masterson fan on the retrial jury?
[TWO years ago] More proof that Hollywood is over Scientology: Netflix openly mocks it with billboard
[THREE years ago] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 2: Monique Yingling
[FOUR years ago] City of Inglewood: Brian Statler shouldn’t have resisted arrest and forced us to shoot him dead
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s mad real estate splurge has real consequences for its indentured workers
[SIX years ago] Hana Whitfield’s book excerpt: L. Ron Hubbard’s amidships meltdown over ‘Xemu’ and OT 3
[SEVEN years ago] Bunker reader Dee Findlay stole the show as Clearwater stood up to Scientology last night
[EIGHT years ago] How Lisa Marie Presley became Scientology leader David Miscavige’s worst nightmare
[NINE years ago] Marc Headley reveals the embarrassing technological secrets of Scientology
[TEN years ago] Convicted of fraud by France’s highest court, Scientology still pursues creative appeals
[ELEVEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: The United States of Scientology


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,877 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,372 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,887 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,437 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,427 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,308 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,612 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,483 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,035 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,376 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,943 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,862 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,030 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,611 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,872 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,908 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,624 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,188 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,503 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,678 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,229 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,360 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,698 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,551 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,672 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,028 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,331 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,437 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,835 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,711 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,276 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,789 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,043 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,151 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 21, 2024 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2022 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2022), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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